Partnership Continues Relationship with CleanFuel USA,
Which This Spring Became an Agility Fuel Solutions Entity
Thomas Built Buses disclosed a strategic partnership with Agility Fuel Solutions for propane autogas systems for school buses yesterday. The announcement by the Daimler North America busbuilder noted that it’s continuing the relationship with CleanFuel USA now that CleanFuel has been acquired by Agility.
Agility said at ACT Expo early last month that it was branching from natural gas fuel systems to propane autogas, establishing Agility Powertrain Systems as a new business unit to do so (F&F, May 5).
One week later, Agility announced its acquisition of CleanFuel USA (F&F, May 12).
“We have had great success working with Agility’s predecessor, CleanFuel USA, in the development of our popular Saf-T-Liner C2 propane school bus,” Thomas Built president and CEO Caley Edgerly said in a release.
“CleanFuel USA’s propane delivery system has been instrumental in the success of our propane product,” he said, “and we look forward to working with Agility to develop additional propane solutions in the near future.”
Thomas Built will continue to offer the 8.0-liter V-8 engine built specifically to run on propane in the Saf-T-Liner C2 bus.
The engine “is paired with a true medium-duty transmission,” the company says: the Allison 2300 PTS Series. Integration of the two leads to lower fuel costs and better performance for fleets. “This pairing will continue to provide greater reliability, quality, performance and efficiency than other propane offerings in the market,” Thomas Built says.
“Through our recent acquisition of CleanFuel USA’s assets, we now are able to offer a complete propane solution for school buses across North America,” said Agility CEO Kathleen Ligocki. “We look forward to accelerating the development and certification of some of our upcoming propane fuel systems.
‘We Will Leverage’
“We will leverage Thomas Built’s experience, expertise and industry knowledge to bring best-in-class propane autogas solutions to the pupil transportation industry,” Ligocki said.
“Through this partnership,” states the Thomas Built release, “Thomas Built Buses and Agility will provide innovative, cutting-edge propane technologies to the school bus market.”
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